Popular or unique?
Not all parents feel that common or traditional names are a bad thing and happily give their child a popular moniker. But if you’re interested in finding a name that is a little less common, we’ve got a fun idea for you. Instead of generating a list of random uncommon and hard-to-find baby names, we’ve taken the top 10 names from last year for each sex and tweaked them a little for fun and unique alternatives.
You’ll see foreign versions of the same name, nicknames that can be used as a given name and names that are totally unrelated, but may remind us of their more popular counterpart — by either the first syllable or another. You also might discover a cool, old-fashioned name that was used long ago and hasn’t gained its popularity back, but is similar to one of the names on the list.
This is also a good way to name your baby after a relative — if you don’t care for the exact name, twist it a bit until you come up with a new version you and your partner both love that still honors your relative!
Name swaps for boys
- Jacob: Jacoby, Jake, Jace, Jackson, Obie, Jack
- Mason: Mase, Mack, Mark, Marcus, Max, Marty
- Ethan: Evan, Etienne, Everett, Ezra, Edwin, Edmond
- Noah: Nolan, Noe, Noel, Norman, Norris, Noble
- William: Will, Willard, Wilton, Wiley, Willis
- Liam: Ian, Ivan, Lee, Leland, Lester, Lewis, Leo, Leon, Levi
- Jayden: Jaylen, Jay, Dennis, Denver, Justin, Jordan, Jason
- Michael: Mike, Mikhail, Mitchell, Mickey, Micah, Mitch
- Alexander: Alex, Xander, Zander, Xan, Alain, Alvin, Alec, Alonzo
- Aiden: Andy, Andrew, Anthony, Angus, Andre, Anton, Denton
Name swaps for girls
- Sophia: Sophie, Sonya, Sonia, Sofia, Phoebe, Phoenix
- Emma: Emerson, Emilie, Emmy, Emery, Emelia
- Isabella: Bella, Belle, Isis, Isla, Isobel, Belva, Belen
- Olivia: Olive, Ollie, Ola, Olga, Violet, Vivian, Vida
- Ava: Avery, Avianna, Avis, Valerie, Vada, Avalon, Aven
- Emily: Emilee, Emmalee, Ember, Leah, Lena, Leona, Leia
- Abigail: Abby, Abriana, Gail, Gabriela, Gael, Gada, Galina
- Mia: Mina, Mila, Mira, Mika, Mirtha, Maya, Midori, Maeve
- Madison: Maddy, Mabel, Madeline, Madge, Macy, Mattie
- Elizabeth: Betsy, Bess, Liza, Bette, Libby, Bethany, Betina, Elisabet
Even if you don’t want to use a popular baby name, don’t set them aside just yet — you may find inspiration from them that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
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